Like many Alaskans, I am deeply disappointed by the Senate majority's and the governor's inability to finish writing the budget and appropriating monies to our schools in a timely fashion. The special session called by the governor is costing $30,000 a day. As of the third day they still hadn't passed HB 1, legislation granting schools the bare minimum to stay even with last year's appropriation. We can only conclude education is not a priority, especially judging by the human toll it is taking on families (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, May 12)
The House members are right in taking more time to speak with constituents in the interim about the drastic changes to workers' compensation and the retirement systems. And there can be no sane reason to hold a special session to allow political parties the right to accept corporate contributions from outside.
The voters in Alaska initiated the 120-day session limit. The last few days illustrate exactly why we wanted an ending date.
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